This is a great way to make sure you have a good working configuration to go back to before you start “tinkering” with Pi-Star.  The “Pi-Star Backup and Restore” doc walks you through the process.

Pi-Star Backup and Restore

K5SVV

ECARC Repeater

145.410 -110.9

ECARC DMR Repeater

441.650 CC9

DMRTexas.net NTX Repeaters

 

Many of you have expressed an interest in taking your Pi-Star hotspot with you when traveling, camping, or visiting friends.  The easiest way to do this is to take advantage of the “Personal Hotspot” feature on your smart phone.  The “Adding a Pi-Star WiFi Source” instructions should work with your smart phone personal hotspot, a friend or relative’s home WiFi, or even some public or campground WiFi.  There are some public WiFi sources that generate a “challenge screen.” This is commonly encountered with Hotel WiFi systems. I am not aware of a workaround for these. 

In general, if you can see the SSID when you scan following the attached instructions, and know the password, you should be good to go.    Otherwise, the best route is the personal hotspot feature on your smart phone.  In my experience the Pi-Star hotspot uses very little data.  That said, I MAKE NO GUARANTEES ON DATA USAGE!!!!  Ensuring you don’t exceed your plan is YOUR responsibility!

 

Adding WiFi to your Pi-Star Hotspot 

 

Ok, now that we’re past the disclaimer part…..have fun! 

K5SVV

ECARC Repeater

145.410 -110.9

ECARC DMR Repeater

441.650 CC9

DMRTexas.net NTX Repeaters

Here are the WD5DDH DMR Repeater Talkgroup assignments as of 08/14/18.

 

Midlothian DMR Repeater

WD5DDH

441.650

CC9

CBridge 2.0

Timeslot 1

Timeslot 2

Talkgroup Name

Talkgroup ID (PTT)

Talkgroup Name

Talkgroup ID (PTT)

TX Statewide

3148

Metro

2

TX Nexus

31488 (15)

Local Repeater

9

BM North Texas

31481 (15)

USA Bridge

3100 (15)

BM South Texas

31482 (15)

BM Texas Statewide

9000 (15)

TAC 310

310 (15)

Facebook

31648 (15)

TAC311

311 (15)

Parrot

9998 (5)

 

 

Talkgroup assignment for all DMR Repeaters in Texas can be found at:

https://dmrtexas.net/repeaters/

 

Like many of you I purchased an MMDVM hotspot primarily for DMR.  I have a ZumSpot and one of the Chinese clones typically referred to as a “Jumbospot.”  I run the free Pi-Star software on both.  Both work great and I enjoy the wide array of DMR talk groups available.

One of the really cool things about the Pi-Star software is it supports many different modes.  The 3.4.17 version supports DMR, YSF, D-Star, P25, NXDN, POCSAG, along with DMR2YSF and YSF2DMR.  You can actually run multiple modes simultaneously.  This short “How To” focuses on adding YSF to a Pi-Star hotspot where DMR is already up and running.   I will cover some of the other modes in upcoming posts.   

Many of us also have Yaesu HT’s, mobiles, or even base station rigs capable of running YSF.  Did you know you can use your MMDVM hotspot to communicate via YSF as well?  In fact, if you choose to, you can run DMR and YSF simultaneously on your Pi-Star powered hotspot.   These instructions show you how to do just that.  The “Pi-star YSF Configuration” doc shows you how to add YSF to an MMDVM/Pi-Star hotspot and configure a connection to the Americas Link WiresX room.   Oops, I just used a new term, “room”.    My analogy may not be 100% correct but I equate WiresX Rooms to DMR talk groups.  Seems to work for me.

Keep in mind that for this configuration you will use your DMR radio to communicate via DMR and your Yaesu YSF capable radio to communicate via YSF.  You can have both radios on at the same time. 

 

Pi-Star YSF Configuration

 

Don’t be afraid to experiment!  That’s what amateur radio is all about!

 

K5SVV

ECARC Repeater

145.410 -110.9

ECARC DMR Repeater

441.650 CC9

DMRTexas.net NTX Repeaters

Here are the WD5DDH DMR Repeater Talkgroup assignments as of 08/14/18.

 

Midlothian DMR Repeater

WD5DDH

441.650

CC9

CBridge 2.0

 

Timeslot 1

Timeslot 2

Talkgroup Name

Talkgroup ID (PTT)

Talkgroup Name

Talkgroup ID (PTT)

TX Statewide

3148

Metro

2

TX Nexus

31488 (15)

Local Repeater

9

BM North Texas

31481 (15)

USA Bridge

3100 (15)

BM South Texas

31482 (15)

BM Texas Statewide

9000 (15)

TAC 310

310 (15)

Facebook

31648 (15)

TAC311

311 (15)

Parrot

9998 (5)

 

 

Talkgroup assignment for all DMR Repeaters in Texas can be found at:

https://dmrtexas.net/repeaters/

 

 

 

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